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Dehradun October 29
The Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) has to spend around Rs 1 crore every month to purchase components for its buses from other states.
It has been nine years since the UTC came into existence in the state. But in all these years, the corporation could not build a central workshop where it could manufacture components and the bodies of buses as is done in many other states.
The proposals were placed to build central workshop at Dehradun, Kathgodam and Tanakpur long ago, but these remained confined to files only. As per the proposal, the UTC was to manufacture the heavy components like engine, clutch plate and bus bodies in the workshop as is done in the neighboring Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
Despite the expenditure of Rs 1 crore on the monthly basis, the quality is still not up to the mark as the buses remain stationed in workshops for long. They keep developing problems but the UTC neither has components nor the expertise. The entire work is being done through contracts.
According to sources, air-conditioning system of 40 buses is out of order for long. Had they been in good condition, the buses could have fetched estimated Rs 10 lakh a day.
Former managing director, UTC, Ranjit Sinha was all set to take action against those contractors who got these buses manufactured, but that could not happen as Sinha was transferred mid-way.
Thankfully, 17 depot workshops in the state are capable of doing minor repairs.
Earlier, the UTC used to buy the bodies of buses from Jaipur. Now they have started purchasing these from Ambala.
An ordinary bus is costing Rs 18 lakh while an AC bus comes for Rs 27 lakh. The UTC could have saved millions in all these years had it built a central workshop and become independent in this direction. Ironically, neither the Transport Ministry, nor the high officials in the Secretariat, or even the state government ,ever gave it a serious thought.
General manager, Technical, UTC, Deepak Jain confessed that the UTC was in dire need of a central workshop but said there was no such proposal at present.
The dark side
An ordinary bus is costing Rs 18 lakh while an AC bus comes for Rs 27 lakh. The Uttarakhand Transport Corporation could have saved millions in all these years had it built a central workshop and become independent. Ironically, neither the Transport Ministry, nor the high officials in the Secretariat, or even the state government, ever gave it a serious thought.
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